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The Cook House / Re: Share your best slow cooker recipes
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on August 26, 2018, 06:36:32 AM »
You're right; it is versatile! The kids usually eat it in tortillas. I don't think we've had it over rice but that would definitely work as well. I often just put the bean and meat mixture in a bowl with toppings and eat it that way for a lower carb option, or have it with tortilla chips on the side if I'm not watching carbs. I usually put out cheese, sour cream, salsa, and guacomole if we have it.

I don't have a slow cooker at the moment, but am looking at the 8 quart (still  oval) as I'm at the opposite stage, I guess--all five kids at home and three seem to be in their growth spurts, plus Earl likes leftovers for his work lunch. I had the 7 quart oval and liked it because I could easily fit a large whole chicken. I have a 6 quart Instant Pot and an 8 quart generic version but both are round. I do like them for many things, but sometimes miss the slow cooker as I don't feel the slow cook option on the IP cooks the same (seems to cook way lower and I haven't had much success judging cook times).
The Cook House / Re: Share your best slow cooker recipes
« Last post by gaggleofseven on August 25, 2018, 07:18:45 PM »
This looks good, and I would have most ingredients on hand. How do you serve it? It looks versatile (in tortillas, over rice, etc.), which is good with picky eaters. ;)

I decided to down-size my slow cooker (6 qt to a 4 qt) as fewer kids were eating at home. I am looking forward to using this new 4 qt because it's oval instead of round, so larger cuts of meat should fit better.

Thanks, Catherine!
The Cook House / Re: Share your best slow cooker recipes
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on August 25, 2018, 03:12:19 PM »
Carnitas is a favorite around here. I have made this recipe for several years now. Only thing is, you might have to halve it to fit a 4 quart slow cooker. I was using a 7 quart before the lid broke and now do it in an 8 quart instant pot (generic one). I do NOT add the can of Rotel at the end--left it out once by mistake and we liked it better without. And I usually sub pintos for the other beans as the others were hard to find around here.
The Cook House / Share your best slow cooker recipes
« Last post by gaggleofseven on August 25, 2018, 01:09:23 PM »
I bought a 4 quart Crock Pot slow cooker and want to try some new recipes. Can you share your best slow cooker recipes? I am particularly looking for some non-tomato recipes for variety.

What I make regularly: sloppy joes, spaghetti sauce, taco seasoned meat (either ground beef or turkey), cowboy beans ... that's about it.

Looking forward to your recipes, ideas, suggestions, links, etc.!

Managing a Household / Re: Thursday, August 23
« Last post by Rooney on August 24, 2018, 11:33:51 AM »
Cheryl, I went thrift store shopping last night, online, too.  Got some really good deals and found a few things extra I wasn't looking for. 

Got lots of Osh Kosh jeans, cute little long sleeve kid shirts, a fun unopened dvd series for my older guys, some fun tee shirts for them as well.  Also found a homeschool math book I use for $2, some homeschool English wall charts for $2, some kid plastic washable placemats too.  Got my oldest girl some cute cardigans, shrugs, and jeans, since there is no one above her for hand-me-downs, I always throw a few things in for her.  Also got her a unique birthday gift to put away for later (won't put what it is, since she will probably see this). ;) 

Cheryl, being nosy here, did you find anything on your excursion yesterday?

Managing a Household / Re: Thursday, August 23
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on August 23, 2018, 07:31:41 AM »
Good morning!

Sitting here having some vanilla Greek yogurt (000) with a sprinkle of brown sugar and a slice fresh peach on top. Yeah, I know the brown sugar negates the sugar-free yogurt, but it sure tastes good! ;)

Kids are all to school. I have a dental appointment at 1. One of my older fillings needs replaced and I have a cavity in another area. Not sure which they are doing today but they are on opposite sides of the mouth so they said it would be done in two appointments. In the meantime, heading to yoga at my church in a few minutes.

I slept so well last night after the rough night prior (waking up at 3). I was dreaming when my alarm went off at 5:30. Might have to squeeze a short nap in today. Dinner tonight, uh, still thinking. Mexican sounds good so might run with that. However, I have no taco seasoning and am out of chili powder (which I think is in most homemade taco seasoning recipes). I'll see what I can find online.

Cheryl, hope you have fun thrift shopping!

Have a great day!
Managing a Household / Thursday, August 23
« Last post by Cheryl on August 23, 2018, 06:58:27 AM »
Good morning, ladies.

I am taking a break today to go along with my girls thrift shopping.  Iím not really looking for anything, but I am not turning down the opportunity to get out of the house! 
Managing a Household / Re: Wednesday, August 22
« Last post by Alice on August 22, 2018, 07:56:40 AM »
Add my cat to the naughty list last night! Moaning/whining/meowing for some odd reason. She has been doing that a lot lately at night. I have no idea if she sees something outside or if she is sick or wants to play. But I am sick of it.

We're having a neighborhood picnic in my backyard tonight. It is a bring your own item to grill and I think a dish to pass around. I'll just do hotdogs with chili for those who want that and I might try a ravioli casserole. I'm not going to make a big deal out of the picnic and I'm not moving a lot of furniture out. The organizer is not me so we'll let the organizer do all the busy work. I'm just providing the bigger yard.

Managing a Household / Re: Wednesday, August 22
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on August 22, 2018, 06:09:12 AM »
Oh, Cheryl, a crazy cat night at my house as well. Fiona, the now-4-month-old kitten, decided it was play time, with ME, in the middle of the night. I finally looked at the time, thought it was 5:15, and decided to go ahead and get up (my normal time is 5:30). However, once I was in the bathroom with the light on, I realized it was actually 3:15. Fiona's brother, Fitz, was sleeping with Micah (I didn't realize this) and she was apparently bored. Anyhow, now I feel ready to go back to sleep but need to leave with the high schoolers in about 10 minutes.

I have a hike planned for this morning, shorter than Monday. The option we are doing is 4 miles, but about halfway in there is another 2 mile loop we can take to make it 6. So we'll see how we feel when we get there with the heat and humidity. Now that school has begun, I can't start early in the morning to beat the heat. :(

Micah has his first day of ACTS (gifted and talented programming for which he is bussed to another school) for this year today, so is excited about that and up extra early.

Dinner? Well, I need to figure that out soon and thaw something. Hope y'all have a great day!

Managing a Household / Wednesday, August 22
« Last post by Cheryl on August 22, 2018, 05:41:38 AM »
Good morning!

I'm moving slowly this morning.  I was up 5 times during the night with the cats.  Even though I keep my bedroom door closed, they have learned that if they scratch at the door and meow long enough I will get up.  Some nights it's worse than having a newborn baby in the house!

My coffee is ready so let me go have a cup and see if I can function afterwards.  I will check in with you all later. ;)

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